Independent experts say satellite imagery shows Syrian nuclear site targeted by Israel

by Tom Gross

The Washington Post’s story this morning is being picked up in the Middle East.

See, for example, this report from the website of Gulf News (which is an English-language paper published in the UAE):

Israeli targeted reactor in Syria: experts

Gulf News, October 24, 2007

Independent experts have satellite imagery of what they believe to be a Syrian nuclear site targeted in an Israeli air strike last month, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) said the photographs taken before the Israeli attack show buildings under construction similar in design to a North Korean reactor, the newspaper reported.

They also show what could have been a pumping station used to supply cooling water for a reactor, the Post said, citing experts David Albright and Paul Brannan of ISIS, a research group that tracks nuclear weapons and stockpiles.

Albright, a former U.N. weapons inspector, said the size of the structures suggested that Syria might have been building a gas-graphite reactor similar to the one North Korea built at Yongbyon, the paper reported.

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